Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Zucchini and Pine Nut Fritters with Lemon Parmesan Mayonnaise

Today I'd like to share a post with you that was originally written as a Guest Post, over at My Imperfect Kitchen. I absolutely LOVE this recipe and now that Summer is upon us, once again, I thought I'd share it with all of you. Enjoy!!

I love the summer, because the fresh vegetable and fruits are in abundance. You can always find zucchini in our house during the summer and zucchini fritters are a great way to use them up. There are many different ways to make fritters. The recipe I am sharing with you today, has an Italian twist to it. I added buttery pine nuts, Parmesan and a touch of basil to the zucchini. Served with a Lemon Parmesan Mayonnaise, these fritters are a perfect light lunch.

Zucchini and Pine Nut Fritters with Lemon Parmesan Mayonnaise
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3 large zucchini
2 green onions, finely chopped
olive oil, for frying
½ cup pine nuts
1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ tsp dried oregano
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
salt and black pepper

Lemon Parmesan Mayonnaise
1/3 C mayonnaise
zest of 1 lemon
juice of half lemon
3 TBS grated Parmesan cheese
fresh ground pepper
1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Coarsely grate the zucchini and place in a fine mesh colander. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of salt, toss and set aside for about 30 minutes.

In a small skillet, lightly toast the pine nuts. Place them on a plate to cool.

Squeeze the zucchini to remove excess liquid and pat dry with a paper towel. In a bowl, mix the zucchini, green onion, pine nuts, Parmesan, eggs and oregano. Stir in the flour and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet until it ripples. Working in batches, drop about 2 tablespoons of zucchini mixture per fritter. Flatten then mixture, using the back of a spoon. Cook for 5-7 minutes; until the bottom is golden and firm. Gently flip the fritters and cook for another 4-5 minutes over medium heat. They should be golden on both sides.

Drain on paper towels. Serve hot or at room temperature with Lemon Parmesan Mayonnaise.

For Mayonnaise: Mix the mayonnaise with the lemon zest and juice, Parmesan, pepper and parsley. Refrigerate while fritters are cooking.

This post linked to

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cooking with curls said...

Wow...those look and sound amazing! What a perfect combination of flavors :) Yum!

Michelle said...

I love the crisp on the outside, soft on the inside thing that fritters have going on. Adding pine nuts must do great things for texture and taste I bet. Thanks for linking, Cindy.

Chaya said...

I just printed this up and hope to make it tomorrow. It sounds, out of this world good. This is being featured at My Meatless Mondays.

anyonita green said...

I love the addition of pine nuts! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!